NEW DELHI: Shane Watson was bought for a whopping Rs 9.5 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore while Yuvraj Singh went to the Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 7 crore. But the biggest surprise of the day came when Delhi Daredevils dished out a huge sum of Rs 8.5 crore for the services of uncapped all-rounder Pawan Negi.
Negi, who has been included in India’s World Twenty20 squad, is well known for his power hitting down the order and canny left-arm orthodox spin bowling and had a base price of Rs 30 lakh.
Delhi Daredevils and Pune Supergiants went head to head for the all-rounder and it seemed the bidding would never end. But in the end Stephen Fleming, coach of the Pune franchise, finally gave up, allowing Delhi to bag Negi, who became the highest Indian buy in this year’s auction.
Australian all-rounder Watson, who had a base price of Rs 2 crore, was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 9.5 crore. RCB and Pune started the bidding for him with Mumbai Indians jumping in the mix. However, the Virat Kohli-led team managed to hold off others and win the bid.
Yuvraj, who was the most expensive player in last year’s auction, was snapped up by surprise package of the auction so far – Sunrisers Hyderabad – for Rs 7 crore.
Another huge surprise of the auction was South Africa’s Chris Morris. The bowling all-rounder, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh, sparked a bidding war between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders but in the end Delhi Daredevils swooped in with a bid Rs 7 crore to take home the player.
Another player, who went for big money was Indian pacer Mohit Sharma. The former Chennai Super Kings player had a base price of Rs 1.5 crore and was finally bought for a whopping Rs 6.5 crore by Kings XI Punjab.Pietersen, who has done well in the recently concluded Big Bash League, was snapped up by the Pune Supergiants for Rs 3.5 crore.
Indian pacer Ishant Sharma was another player the Pune franchise had eyes on and they got their man for Rs 3.8 crore.India’s death bowling specialist, Ashish Nehra, specialist sparked a bidding war between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad, with latter finally bagging the player for Rs 5.5 crore.
There were a few surprises in store for some big names, though. Australia’s T20 captain and arguably one of the most prolific run-getters in the shortest format of the game, Aaron Finch, went unsold in the first round of bidding but in the accelerated auction, he was bought by Gujarat Lions for his base price of Rs 1 crore.
However, New Zealand star Martin Guptill didn’t have the same luck as he went unsold even after having a base price of Rs 50 lakh. George Bailey and Usman Khawaja had to bear the same fate as there were no takers for the Australian duo.
Retired players like Mahela Jayawardene, Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin all received the cold shoulder from the franchises.Meanwhile, the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Johnson Charles, Morne van Wyk and Ben Dunk all went unsold.Dinesh Karthik became Gujarat Lions third buy of the day as the wicketkeeper was snapped up for Rs 2.3 crore.
Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders went head to head for the services of England wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler with the former finally getting their player for a bid of Rs 3.8 crore.
Gujarat Lions, surprisingly, needed to bid just Rs 2.3 crore to get South Africa’s premier pacer, Dale Steyn, for Rs 2.3 crore.
Sanju Samson IPLSanju Samson, who played for Rajasthan Royals last year, was bought for a whopping Rs 4.2 crore by Delhi Daredevils in the 2016 IPL auction.
Sanju Samson, though, had no such problem as Delhi Daredevils shelled out Rs 4.2 crore for the young batsman. The youngster, who played for Rajasthan Royals last year, was priced at Rs 2 crore and Gujarat Lions seemed interested in a while but backed out after Delhi’s aggressive bidding.
Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders made shock bids for Carlos Brathwaite that resulted in the Caribbean player, who had a base price of Rs 30 lakh, being sold for Rs 4.2 crore to the Delhi franchise.
Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh, also joined the ‘crore club’ as Sunrisers Hyderabad won his services for Rs 1.4 crore.
Two young Indian left-arm pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Barinder Singh Sran also joined the ‘crore club’. While Unadkat was snapped up for Rs 1.6 crore by Knight Riders, Sran became a Sunrisers player for Rs 1.2 crore.However, the big surprises came in the list of uncapped players that sent the franchises into a tizzy.
Karun Nair was the trend-setter! The Karnataka batsman came in with a base price of Rs 10 lakh but with Delhi Daredevils in a mood to splash the cash, he was finally bought by them for 40 times his base price – Rs 4 crore.
The trend caught on quick as Delhi were at it again! This time Rishabh Pant the beneficiary. The youngster, who smashed the fastest fifty in U-19 cricket, was picked up by the Daredevils for Rs 1.9 crore after having a base price of Rs 10 lakh.
Taking cue from Delhi, Gujarat Lions sparked a bidding war with Kolkata Knight Riders for big-hitting youngster Deepak Hooda, who had a base price of Rs 10 lakh. Both teams were locked in intense bidding but once again the Hyderabad franchise swooped in to buy the player for 45 times his base price – Rs 4.5 crore.
Nathu Singh, little-known Rajasthan pacer, carried on the trend with Delhi Daredevils once again in the thick of the action. This time it was the turn of Mumbai Indians to jump into the fray and the player, who had a base price of Rs 10 lakh, was finally sold to the Mumbai outfit for Rs 3.3 crore.
Another shock was the bidding for Murugan Ashwin. Pune Supergiants, not one to be left out, bought the Rs 10 lakh base price player for a whopping Rs 4.5 crore.